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NewsPoet: Tracy K. Smith Writes The Day In Verse

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A Revolution On The Page: Finding Identity In Poetry

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Alan Heathcock teaches fiction writing at Boise State University, and is a literature fellow for the state of Idaho. R. Heathcock hide caption

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A Poem A Day: Portable, Peaceful And Perfect

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Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split tells the stories of contemporary African-American life from the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina. David Flores/ hide caption

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How Nikky Finney Found Her Own Path To Poetry

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A Feathered Gathering: All the birds of the world gather to hear the hoopoe bird speak in author and illustrator Peter Sis' The Conference of the Birds. Sis painstakingly painted thousands of birds by hand in to bring his new book to life. Click Here For A Closer Look Peter Sis/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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In 'Birds,' Sis Makes A Dream World For Grown-Ups

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Marie Howe is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss

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Tomas Transtromer, seen in this undated photo, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

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Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'

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New Poet Laureate Philip Levine's 'Absolute Truth'

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